Customers in the U.S. have been able to get their hand on GSM Touch Diamonds since it was first launched. Only problem was that GSM support here was lacking since HTC shipped the device with little network compatibility for the U.S. market. that may all change in the coming weeks or months. The FCC has just released their reports on an HSPDA GSM variant of the Diamond which seems destined to land on a U.S. cellular carrier. HTC has finally chosen to release the device with the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands for those itching to get faster data on their device. There’s still no word on what carrier will be picking up the Diamond here in the U.S. but I’m sure there will be some news on that front within the coming weeks.
As you may have heard last week, a leaked cooked ROM magically enabled the 850 MHz connectivity for the Touch Diamond. Many people were perplexed with this news since HTC said that the Diamon was not shipping with 850 MHz. It’s almost a week later now and it seems HTC is changing it’s mind. They have just released a ROM update in Hong Honk for the Touch Diamond which gives users access to the 850 MHz spectrum. This is great news for all those who have imported the Diamond into the U.S. since it gives them much better connectivity for making calls. This new ROM upgrade also fixes some other connectivity issues, audio quality, device performance, TouchFLO 3D tab scrollsing, and more. No word on when the ROM will be released on HTC’s site for all other regions, but at least we know they have this out there.
So you have HTC’s new Touch Diamond. You’re enjoying the joys of TouchFLO 3D, but somethings just not right. You feel the urge to customize the beautiful interface and make it your own. Well you’re in luck. The good people over on the PPC-Welt Community have put together Diamond TF3D Config which gives you a little more freedom than you currently have to customize your TouchFLO 3D look. The tool allows you to rearrange the order of the icons, load new themes, and a few other minor adjustments. Currently there are only a few themes to choose from, but I’m sure you’ve got a lot of extra time on your hands to help create some new ones.
Remember back in the day when using AIM on your PC was all the rage? AOL has finally revamped their AIM for Windows Mobile to give you an experience much like the one you would get on your home computer. AOL has chosen not to give full details of everything that the new version is capable of since the program is still in beta. Their website does indicate however that this new AIM is only available in the U.S. at the moment. I’d expect that the change once they officially launch it.
I just installed the software on my Touch and things seem to work just as I expected. Once you’re in conversations with people, their buddy icons show up on the side for easy access. I’m not sure how much I’d use this, but since it’s free to send an IM to someone rather than an SMS, there should be a good number of people who will love this software.
Many reviews of HTC’s new TouchFLO 3D GUI have pointed out that it is a bit sluggish. Many peopel were hoping that HTC would have some last minute changes to the software before they pushed millions of devices out the door. Well, it seems everyone’s dreams are coming true! Theunwired is reporting that HTC has made some last minute tweaks of TouchFLO 3D to give is a snappier response time (which should make everyone happy). Theunwired was able to test the upcoming O2 XDA Diamond and were quite happy with the new and improved performance.
Since the Diamond still has a few months before it is released by any U.S. carrier, lets home HTC can tweak the system a bit more for even better performance.
Since WM7 was first rumored, speculation has placed a possible launch date of the OS for late 2009, but now a regional GM from HTC seems to be throwing out dates for devices which will run on the new OS. How soon with they launch? According to Kevin Chen, we could see the first WM7 powered devices hitting the streets as early as Q1 of 2009. So if you wanted to wait out the whole Diamond fad which is about to be released on the entire globe, you may not have to wait too much longer.
Opers Mobile 9.5 is one of the many highlights of the HTC Touch Diamond. Opera first announced the broswer this past winter, right around the same time the skyfire browser was first spotted. Opera 9.5 has quite a few advantages over the current standard WM browser which include: Context-sensitive zooming, Quick page rendering, Flash Lite 3 support, Tabbed browsing, and a whole lot more.
Opera 9.5 offers a unique advantage over Skyfire since the webpages are not rendered on a server and then streamed to your device. This allows for a more traditional web user experience with the capability to select, copy, and paste text from inside the browser.
For those of you who are planning on picking up the HTC Touch Diamond when it launches, you will be the first to get your hands on the new Opera browser. Unfortunately, Opera still has not released a launch schedule for the software. Lets hope Opera 9.5 will launch by mid July and like previous versions of the software, it should cost around $28.